MAC Melba/Lovecloud Powder Blush Duo Review & Swatches

MAC Melba/Lovecloud Powder Blush Duo ($26.00 for zero.37 oz.) is a brand new, restricted version compact that options two blushes, each of which could be bought individually throughout the model’s everlasting line. I did discover that they had been each just a little thinner within the compact in comparison with the standalone variations I’ve, which was extra of a problem with Melba, because it had a matte end and that made it tougher to mix out.

Melba is a smooth, pale coral with heat undertones and a matte end. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, which was simple to select up with a brush. I discovered the feel to really feel just a little drier and thinner, so it utilized greatest over drier (or powdered) pores and skin and had a bent to look just a little splotch over regular pores and skin (or liquid/cream basis). I’ve extra regular pores and skin on my cheeks, so I needed to spend additional time to buff the sides out. It lasted effectively for eight hours on me earlier than fading noticeably.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Mellow Wine (P, $2.99) (90% comparable).Pretty Vulgar Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is extra shimmery, lighter, hotter (90% comparable).Tarte Genuine (LE, $29.00) is lighter (90% comparable).Milani Berry Rays #2 (PiP, ) is hotter (90% comparable).The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% comparable).Colour Pop To the 10 (P, $eight.00) is lighter (95% comparable).Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $eight.00) is cooler (90% comparable).Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is extra shimmery, lighter, extra muted (85% comparable).NARS Final Cut (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% comparable).Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $eight.00) is darker (90% comparable).More dupes — click on to see the complete listing!

Formula Overview

$24.00/zero.21 oz. – $114.29 Per Ounce

Per the model, the system is meant to “provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency” that “applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin.” There are 5 distinct finishes throughout the vary: Frost (“iridescent, lightly shimmering color”), Matte (“flat, matte finish… builds well”), Satin (“adds subtle highlights to the skin”), Sheertone (“sheer-on micro-refined powder … that goes on faint”), and Sheertone Shimmer (“just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks”). Their everlasting blushes can be found in compact kind in addition to pan-only (the latter might be cheaper).

The following overview has been up to date to mirror essentially the most present iteration of the model’s everlasting vary (whether or not or not there’s been any official change) as I repurchased nearly all of the everlasting shades as of June 2018. I make some extent to say that as a result of I felt that the textures of a number of shades, notably the frost end shades, was noticeably completely different; they had been a lot smoother and had extra slip however had been much less shimmery/frosted (on common) and gave the impression to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (however nonetheless buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I’ve encountered previously (just a little drier, pigmented, and pretty blendable), whereas some felt extra velvety and finely-milled.

MAC has a strong blush vary however some shades are tougher than others to mix out or diffuse, and because it does for many formulation (from any model), it actually comes all the way down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte end had a bent to darken on my pores and skin inside 5 minutes of software; for many shades, I’d advocate making use of over a powdered face and/or avoiding making use of on still-drying complexion merchandise to make mixing the simplest. The matte shades gave the impression to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).

Only just a few of the shades within the everlasting vary gave the impression to be notably frosted/metallic on the pores and skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared extra softly luminous or pearlescent on the pores and skin to the purpose the place there was little sheen/reflection captured by my digital camera (I did a double take for just a few and re-did swatches solely to search out the identical end captured but once more!). The Sheertone Shimmer carried out most persistently with this: very refined sheen, extra “my skin but better” with having a barely extra noticeable sheen than matte. There had been just a few shades that had a robust sheen on the pores and skin (like Peachykeen), although. The Frost end simply appeared to have stronger, bigger shimmer in it, however the impact on the pores and skin ranged being refined to average. The similar was true with Satin–some had been extra satin-like and a few appeared extra like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).

Most shades had been blendable, whereas pigmentation diverse from sheer to opaque relying on the shade, however most had first rate, builable protection. The textures had been firmer than the common powder blush of present occasions, however they do not have extra product kicked up within the pan in any respect. The put on ranged between seven and 9 hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.


Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

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